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Conference Programm



9:00     Welcome, Opening Remarks


9:30     Identity - Politics  - Reality (Mitchell Ash, University of Vienna)

Nino Gude (University of Vienna): Assimilation or Segregation: The Galician Jews and Ukrainians in Contact

Michael L. Miller (Central European University, Budapest): Don’t Turn the Khazar Question into a Jewish Question

Marsha Rozenblit (University of Maryland): Was There a Habsburg Jewry?


Coffee Break


11:45   Jews as Mediators of Entanglements (Olaf Terpitz, University of Vienna)

Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University, New York): David Oppenheim: Prague Rabbi, Imperial Jew

Branko Ostajmer (Croatian Institute for History, Zagreb): Theodor Herzl and Hugo Spitzer: Comparative Biographies

Mitchell Ash (University of Vienna): Jewish Professors at the University of Vienna since 1848: Cultural Entanglement and Contested Discrimination




15:15   Jews and Habsburg Politics (Martha Keil, Institute for Jewish History in Austria, St. Pölten)

Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston): “Galicia in Vienna”: The Activities of Galicia’s Zionist Reichsratsabgeordnete in the 1907-11 Parliament

Wolfgang Gasser (Institute for Jewish History in Austria, St. Pölten): The 1848 Vienna Revolution in Four Jewish Diaries

Ofer Dynes (Harvard University): From Paperwork to Prose. Jewish Literature, a Habsburg Imperial Project (1814-1830)


Coffee Break


17:30   Roundtable (Martina Steer)

Mitchell Ash, Gary Cohen (University of Minnesota), David Rechter, Marsha Rozenblit


19:30   Keynote Speech

Pieter Judson (European University Institute, Florence): Unsere Monarchie. Juden und Andere im späten Habsburgerreich

Location: Festsaal des Alten Rathauses, Wipplingerstraße 6-8, 1010 Wien
(in cooperation with Wiener Vorlesungen and the Association of the Friends of the Austrian Academy of Sciences)






09:00   Habsburg Norms and Jewish Exceptionalism (Stephan Wendehorst, Justus Liebig University, Giessen/University of Vienna)

Martin Stechauner (Hebrew University): How Austrian were the Sephardic Jews of Vienna? Reflecting on the Foundation of the “Sepharad of the Danube”

Rachel Manekin (University of Maryland): Divorce Laws after the Josephinian Ehepatent: Habsburg Jews and the Question of Gleichförmigkeit of the Law

David Rechter (University of Oxford): East of Eden: Bukovina Exceptionalism and Habsburg Norms


Coffee Break


11:15   Visual (Self-)Representation of Jewish Identities (Éva Kovács, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute)

Anna Novikov (German Historical Institute, Warsaw): Dynamics of the Visual Perception of the Jews of Lemberg (1848-1918)

Tim Corbett (Lancaster University): The Encoding of Multiple Jewish Identities in the Epigraphy of Jewish Gravestones in Vienna

Carsten L. Wilke (Central European University, Budapest): The Oriental Question and its Urban Answers: Building the Great Synagogue of Pest (1854-1859)





15:15   Jewish Communities as Cultural Spaces (Peter Becker, University of Vienna)

Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste): The Jews of Trieste between Habsburg Empire and Italy (1848-1918): a Social and National Perspective

Jasmina Huber (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf): Europeanization of the Liturgical Music in Belgrade Sephardic Community

Sara Olga Yanovsky (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Living Together – Studying Apart? Communal Dilemmas and Debates Around the Establishments of Jewish Schools in Vienna and Budapest, from Joseph II until World War I


Coffee Break


17:30   Central Peripheries: Challenges of Rural and Small Town Jewries (Gerhard Langer, University of Vienna)

Ursula Mindler (Andrássy University, Budapest): Ambivalence of Jewish Belonging in Rural Areas of Western Hungary/Eastern Austria. The Case Study of Oberwart/Felsöör

Ines Koeltzsch (Masaryk Institute, Prague): Mobility and Temporary Sedentariness. Rural and Small-Town Jews in the Bohemian Lands and their (Trans-) Regional Migration to the Cities in the Central European Context (1848-1918)

Gerald Lamprecht (University of Graz): Migration and Formation of Jewish Communities in Austrian Province in the 19th Century


19.30   Closing Remarks



Dr. Martina Steer, MA
Institut für Geschichte
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